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Research Assoc I, Lab Animal

Job ID: req1094
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS, and emerging infectious diseases. 

Position Overview:


The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.   


This is a part time position.

  •  Performing colony management of rodent colonies and conducting of complex experimental procedures in conventional facilities
  •  Maintenance of real time animal colony database (FACILITY)
  •  Designing optimal breeding strategies
  •  Independently designing and scheduling experimental studies
  •  Perform experiments including surgical procedures utilizing experimental compounds and chemical carcinogens
  •  Perform injections via various routes
  •  Monitoring phenotypes and treatment responses
  •  Collecting blood and tissues
  •  Tumor measuring
  •  Superb technical proficiency, judgment and organizational skills are required to effectively manage a significant and complex workload
  •  Assignments are performed independently with little direct supervision and following all applicable regulations, policies, procedures and standards governing animal welfare
  •  Work involves the use of potentially hazardous material or may be located in areas where such materials are used
  •  Work may require the use of personal protective equipment and requires adherence to strict safety protocols
  • Schedule may include weekend and holiday hours


  •  Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a field related to the biomedical or veterinary sciences or four (4) years equivalent experience in the appropriate field in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  •  A minimum of two (2) years of laboratory animal technical experience
  •  Understanding of Mendelian genetics
  •  Experience in rodent breeding colony management and associated procedures
  •  Experience in performing experimental procedures
  •  Ability to maintain precise, accurate records
  •  Knowledge of standard operating procedures for animal facilities and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and performing scientific procedures involving animal testing and data collection
  •  Ability to wear lift and carry up to 50 lbs and wear personal protective equipment
  •  Must be able to obtain and maintain a clearance


  •  Basic skills or ability to quickly learn to perform injections via various routes, tissue harvesting and blood collection
  • Ability to multi-task
  •  Excellent observation and organization skills
  •  Experience in performing surgical procedures on rodents
  •  Ability to multi-task
  •  Computer/data entry skills
  •  Excellent written and oral communications skills
  •  AALAS certification

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)